Shortly after FC Dallas traded away Walker ZImmerman to LAFC for the cool sum of allocation money and the top spot in the Allocation Order, the question was always going to be: what will they do with the top spot?
That decision day is looming fast as reports are saying that FC Dallas will have to either pass or make a trade with Orlando City for the top spot as the Lions look to bring in former Kansas City midfielder Oriol “Uri” Rosell.
Orlando City is in final stages of acquiring Uri Rosell. Deal should be wrapped up soon, maybe by tomorrow, per source. I am not sure yet what #OCSC is sending to #FCD for top allocation spot, but Rosell to Orlando is all but done.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 29, 2018
Orlando is currently sixth in the allocation order, so a swap in spots wouldn’t be the worst idea, especially given how FC Dallas would probably be fine collecting more international roster slots (they need them), Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money.
Given the fact that FCD hasn’t been able to do much with the top spot this winter, trading down a few spots for the possible summer frenzy may be a decent thing to do here.
Now FCD could also pass on Rosell altogether, just like they (and 16 other clubs did) when Vancouver signed Doneil Henry back before Christmas.
Rosell was with Sporting Kansas City from 2012-2014, where he appeared in 43 games, scoring two goals, and helping lead his team to MLS Cup in 2013. Sporting KC sold Rosell to Sporting CP in June of 2014. He’s struggled to make a dent in the Portuguese league however.
EDIT: Right after publishing this piece, a new bit of information hit the web:
Just got off the phone with Jason Kreis, who was, as expected, mum on this topic.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 30, 2018
I can confirm Paul's reporting re: Rosell, however. Also told Dallas and Orlando have a deal in place, with FCD set to get TAM and OCSC's No. 6 spot in the allocation order for the No. 1 spot. https://t.co/vki6yC0qDt
So adding more TAM and moving down doesn’t sound like a bad move to me. What do you think?